2022 Catalyst, Issue 4 – Science of Healing Summit
Shift Network Update
By Dr. Shamini Jain, host of the Science of Healing Summit
As we slowly emerge from the global pandemic, and navigate current world challenges, whole-person healing has been in all of our minds and hearts.
Our current global social and health crises, linked to our climate crises, has awakened humanity to a critical need to come into our fullest healing capacities — to keep our immune systems healthy, our emotions clear, our spirits nourished, and our societies healthy.
What can we learn from groundbreaking scientific findings to provide us with a wellspring of inspiration, resilience, and optimism as we navigate this unprecedented time?
As a scientist and psychologist, I’m often at once heartened and frustrated by our medical and scientific systems for fostering healing. On one hand, scientists are uncovering new and exciting research findings nearly every day that show us how strong our abilities are to heal ourselves, and even help heal others.
I’m so excited by the groundbreaking research examining the effects of meditation, Ayurvedic healing, psychedelics, diet, and biofield or energy healing on improving our mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing. These studies are showing us how everything we ingest (take in) can affect our health down to the cellular level as well as the spiritual level.
In the same breath, we live in a time where these findings aren’t made publicly available fast enough. In the U.S. alone, there is a known 17-year evidence-to-practice gap — which means that on average, the things we are finding about now from these amazing discoveries don’t become fully integrated into clinics or hospitals for almost two decades.
As a clinician and scientist, I find this massive gap from evidence to practice completely unacceptable. One of the reasons we started our nonprofit, the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) (which you can learn more about by scrolling down to the Shift Impact Partner Spotlight section), was to bridge this gap — and help contribute and share the evidence base behind healing therapies like biofield healing, meditation, and more.
We know that there are two pathways to fostering a healthy, thriving society — transforming healthcare and transforming self-care.
This is why CHI has been so enthused to partner with The Shift Network for our annual Science of Healing Summit.
We know that the future of health lies within you. All we have to do is share this data publicly, helping you learn not only about the groundbreaking findings, but how to apply them in your own life to keep yourself healthy, happy, and fulfilled.
I’m thrilled that so many leading teachers, healers, and researchers have come together to empower you in this summit. Among so many leading lights of healing in our community, you’ll hear heartfelt stories from Gregg Braden about lessons learned from witnessing healing across the globe, and how wisdom codes across societies understood the science of sacred word for healing.
You’ll hear all about the latest research and practical implementation of plant medicines and psychedelics with Drs. Maya Shetreat, Gita Vaid, and Joe Tafur — all medical doctors and researchers making a difference for mental health. You’ll hear about how to heal relationships from Bruce Lipton, and about the science of divinity and energy from healers Cyndi Dale and Donna Eden.
We also have a special focus this year on Sound Healing and Biofield Healing — where you’ll be hearing about some of the latest exciting research in biofield science from leaders like Bill Bengston, Dawson Church, and more, as well as wisdom from musicians and sound healers including Victor Wooten and Jeralyn Glass, who share how to deepen your relationship with sound for healing.
And we’ll hear about the science of life stages for healing from none other than healing pioneer Deepak Chopra, in a very special personal talk.
Along with my dear friends, co-host Dr. Paul Mills and guest host Eileen McKusick, we are so thrilled to share the wisdom of this community with you so we can help translate these amazing scientific findings into practical healing for ourselves and others.
I hope you have a wonderful time with all these speakers and teachers, and are as inspired for the future of healing as we are from these beautiful conversations! Let's come together in community to uplevel healing for us all.
Register for free here for the Science of Healing Summit.
Dr. Shamini Jain: Hi, I'm Dr. Shamini Jain, founder and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative.
Dr. Paul Mills: Hello, my name's Paul Mills. I'm a professor at the University of California, San Diego, and also director of research at the Deepak Chopra Foundation.
Shamini Jain: We are so thrilled to invite you to a one-of-a-kind and amazing Science of Healing Summit, which is a collaboration with The Shift Network and the Consciousness and Healing Initiative. We're so excited to dive into all of the ways that we can uplevel whole-person health. And Paul, I know that you agree with me that this is probably the best summit we've ever done.
To watch this 3-minute video and read the rest of your invitation, click here.
We are seeking unique and talented individuals for important positions at The Shift Network. If you're inspired and passionate about joining our team, please click here for more information about these positions. The Shift Network is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal-opportunity employer.
Upcoming Free Video Event
On Tuesday, March 1, join celebrated medium Suzanne Giesemann — a former U.S. Navy Commander and the author of 13 books — to discover tangible practices and activities that help you acknowledge the presence of the spirit world throughout your day.
According to Suzanne, you’re intrinsically blessed with what she calls holistic mediumship — your individualized style of mediumship that draws from your specific life experiences, personality, interests, lifestyle, and spiritual journey. In this free 1-hour online event, Suzanne will share practical and tangible ways to explore this approach in your life.
During this empowering and expansive journey, Everyday Mediumship: How to Holistically Connect With the Spirit World in Your Daily Life, you’ll discover:
- Five fun tangible practices and activities that help you recognize and acknowledge the presence of spirits throughout your day
- A guided exercise to heal self-criticism through a new understanding of wholeness — and transform an incident you deeply regret by reframing it from a higher perspective
- Why your soul is part of a much larger whole — and how that realization can help you access information and interact with those across the veil anytime, anywhere
If you’re ready to make spirit connections a way of life through the power of holistic mediumship, then make sure to reserve your spot now!
The Nicest Thing
In this special video series, prominent authors, thought leaders, and others answer the question, “What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?”
EXCERPT: And I just remember sitting with Paul, and Paul saying to me, "You know, Shamini, sometimes these people that we think are enemies are actually here to teach us a lesson. And it's a lesson that's actually for our spiritual growth. It's not to teach us a lesson by putting us down or whatever. And I want you to just kind of sit with that and think about it."
To watch the video and read the transcript of Shamini’s humbling 5-minute story, click here.
EXCERPT: And so this kindness that Glen showed me by first of all, just thinking of me in a certain situation and then getting more information, following up that impulse, and giving it to me. It set me on a whole path that... I know my life would be very different than it had become if he hadn’t done that. I don’t know where I would be actually, but I know I wouldn’t have developed personally the way I have and my career would not have taken anywhere near this kind of trajectory.
To watch the video and read the transcript of how a chance encounter at a high school party led to an astonishingly thoughtful act that changed Paul’s life trajectory, click here.
EXCERPT: When we moved to Vermont in 2002, my kids were little, they were two and five, and we had gone through a very devastating experience where my husband had been in a car accident. He was hit by a drunk driver, and he wasn't able to work for a few years, and this combined with some other things caused us to lose everything. We went into a complete and utter financial meltdown.
To watch the video and read the transcript of Eileen’s 3-minute story about a generous benefactor, click here.
Racial Healing & Justice
Legacy Leaving Lives: What 6 Brilliant Black People Left Behind
From Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon:
It’s already the end of Black History Month (it’s gone by so fast), so I’m inviting you to join me in shining a light on Black brilliance to help me to extend the point of this time by reflecting on the lives of six noteworthy leaders.
All of them made their transition since our last Black History Month, and I am paying homage to these larger-than-life individuals as a Black woman expressing pride for my people.
Each one left behind messages from what I am calling their legacy leaving lives. Let’s celebrate their powerful achievements by learning about a few details, here are their names with links to what was written about them when they passed on:
After you have clicked through to each of the six tributes, I’d like to share with you about the impact that three of these august individuals have had on me and what their lives meant to me on a personal level… I think of those things as the legacy that they each left behind on my behalf. You are invited to reflect on them as well and uncover your own connection to their contributions. I hope this piece will help that to happen.
I want to begin with Andre Leon Talley. Anyone who knows me will know that one of my passions in life is fashion, plain and simple. I absolutely love the magic and majesty of an adorned body, both my own sense of style and the beauty represented in anyone’s head-turning look. I feel that we humans experience loveliness and grace through the concept of dressing one’s person as an art form. Andre was truly a master of this! But, in a different way than the other icons and VIPs in the fashion world. He left his own special mark on the world of fashion. For me, his iconic presence offered a resounding and dramatically delivered message that all of us are beautiful — and that whatever standards of beauty may exist — they do not have to define us. Period.
Next, I will speak about the prolific author, trailblazer, and commentator, bell hooks. Dare I say that she reminds me of myself. Many of us are willing to courageously speak up, but bell exemplified being smart about how to tell the truest truth, playing to our minds and using ways of conveying information that people will listen to like popular culture. I learned from her that bravery and a sharp intellect can go together well. Specifically, that thought-provoking and future-leaning ways of treating undesirable issues should be in the toolbox of everyone who wants to be an evolutionary. This allows transformation to take place in an environment that engages our thinking. bell was known for this, and she was often seen as a big thinker and an incisive presence regarding the issues. She was a role model for me, and her example will stay with me as I strive to support people to think critically and learn to marry our brain, heart, and intuition to make change.
And, lastly, I will talk about someone who I deeply admired and highly respect, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I often find myself fashioning my own work towards healing racism after his abiding spirit and, like him, by employing a be-your-authentic-self approach. He is most well-known for being the central figure of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the Chair of that initiative, but he is also known for laughing and dancing and not being shy about bringing ‘God’ into the conversation. I too like to laugh and dance, and the unshakeable commitment I have to dismantling racial divides is all about what I consider to be a God-given mission to help to remove all that stands in the way of humanity expressing its divine nature. Bishop Tutu would insert his understanding of the higher principles of life at every opportunity, and he was very good at breaking it down in layperson terms. He also went out of his way to interact with young people and saw them as desirable partners and equals. I do the same, and in 2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu awarded the youth leaders behind the March for Our Lives movement to reduce gun violence in the U.S. the International Children’s Peace Prize.
P.S. And now I have a surprise for you!
Speaking of the March for Our Lives movement… I have a special invitation for you related to this inspiring movement and what the young leaders involved modeled for us regarding cross-racial partnering. They demonstrated that working together across race and culture is a cornerstone to success in our efforts to stop senseless violence, uproot racism, and create a just and sustainable world that works for everyone.
The Shift Network featured Us Kids — a documentary about March for Our Lives — in our recent Shift Your World Film Festival (where they won 2nd place!), and I was honored to be able to conceive of and organize this first-time-ever follow-up to the film:
Watch 2 Workshop
Saturday, March 26, 2022
11:00am - 1:00pm Pacific
Click here for FREE Registration
This program will focus on cultivating the actual skills that support Cross-Racial Partnering and Trust-Building... The beginning of delivering foundational tools for the practical application of the Us Kids messages about taking action — that day will include facilitated Breakout Sessions, Group Debrief, and a powerful time for Q&A!
Shift Impact Partner Spotlight
The Consciousness and Healing Initiative
Advancing the Science & Practice of Healing
The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is a nonprofit collaborative of scientists, healing and health practitioners, educators, and artists, who work together to place healing in the center of healthcare, and self-care.
We live in exciting times! For all of the difficulties and challenges, new and ancient practices are becoming widely available that allow us to learn, grow, change, and heal in beautiful and fascinating ways. The Shift Network is delighted to be a bastion of modalities and exploration, bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods with modern culture and emerging discoveries. Our faculty and allies are on the leading edge of expanding our knowledge of health, healing, and wellness — and we’re noticing that every year, once obscure modalities are becoming more and more accepted and available in the mainstream.
The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is a big part of this emerging trend! Their transdisciplinary and highly rigorous research across universities and institutions in the US and abroad, along with their powerful education, outreach, and technology innovation are changing the way society thinks about healing. We are especially enthused to align with CHI again this year as part of our Science of Healing Summit.
While CHI’s prolific collaborators are forwarding our scientific understanding, CHI is fostering community and building awareness around the world and YOU can become a part of the CHI community!
You’re Invited to Join
CHI offers a wealth of information and resources on their website and social channels, from weekday meditations to their rich newsletter and informative blogs. This work CHI does is funded by people who want the healing arts to be more available worldwide and the science that demonstrates its effectiveness to enrich the practices and advancement of these modalities.
Are you one of those people?
By joining CHI you help advance the science and practice of healing as you gain access to a true healing community working to reshape the healthcare landscape. On top of being tax-deductible, your contribution gives you special access to experts through monthly webinars, discounts, and an ever-expanding library of content not available anywhere else.
CHI is fostering the science and practice of healing for a flourishing society, and by being part of it, you are healing yourself and others.
I often get questions about what is best for each dosha, from food to activity to daily routine. As we are all unique individuals, the ideal practices and routine will vary according to dosha and our individual life circumstances. That being said, there are several things that are good for all of us to consider when it comes to our daily routine. Ayurveda gives us the foundation to understand how to set up a daily routine.
I love to garden — so much so that I’ve created a little urban farm at my home in New York City replete with food, medicinal herbs and chickens. Gardening is such an easy way to interact with nature. You get to surround yourself with flowers, veggies and herbs, grow your own fresh food, get your hands dirty, and have a reason to spend time outdoors. What’s not to like? But gardening does more for your mental, physical, and spiritual health than you might think. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should start growing things.
In humans, the prefrontal cortex, located in the front of the brain, takes on critically important significance as our link to the future, our key to enlightenment, the answer to those ancient questions: How can we live long and healthy lives, unaffected by debilitating illness and degenerative brain disease? How can we turn the dense lead of human awareness into the gold of enlightened consciousness? How can we program the brain for life, health, and joy? How will we evolve?
Sacred America, Sacred World
Infused with visionary power, this book by Stephen Dinan, Shift Network’s co-founder and CEO, is a manifesto for our country’s evolution that is both political and deeply spiritual. It offers profound hope that America can grow beyond our current challenges and manifest our noblest destiny, which the book shows is rooted in sacred principles that transcend left or right political views. To order your copy, click here.
Sacred America, Sacred World is so crucial to the times we’re in that we are serializing it in every issue of Catalyst. You can read the thirteenth installment (as well as the previous one) here.
New Book From Sister Dr. Jenna!
Meditation: Intimate Experiences with the Divine through Contemplative Practices
Acclaimed spiritual mentor Sister Dr. Jenna expands the concept of meditation to the highest level-from simple relaxation to ecstatic union with Source. Her wisdom will enhance your understanding of the value of contemplative practices, what happens when you turn within, and how it develops your capacity for selfless service.
Experience greater depth in your prayerful moments by removing blocks to the process and dropping into the essence of pure Love. This inner transformation will infuse your daily life with more joy, compassion, maturity, and peace.
APPLICATIONS DUE BY TOMORROW
The Biofield Research Fellowship Program
Call for Grant Applications from Researchers in Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing
For researchers interested in exploring the science of subtle energy and biofield healing, the Biofield Research Fellowship Program is now seeking applications for a new grant/fellowship opportunity, which will provide six annual grants of up to $20,000 USD each (plus mentorship and community) for emerging researchers across multiple disciplines.
To be eligible for the Fellowship Program, applicants must be graduate students (e.g., Masters, PhD), post-doctoral fellows, or junior faculty not past their fifth year of university appointment. Applicants should propose research topics that are aligned with the Fellowship Program’s research priorities across clinical, qualitative, fundamental science and mechanism research. Applications are due by February 28, 2021 — Click here for more information…
We all go through times when it feels like the ground is being pulled out from under us. Change is stressful, even when it is much desired or anticipated — the unknown can feel scary and threatening. In We Were Made for These Times, experienced mindfulness teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo imparts accessible advice on navigating difficult times of transition, drawing on Buddhist teachings on impermanence to help you establish equanimity and resilience.
In ten concise chapters, you’ll learn powerful ways to meet life’s challenges with wisdom, resilience, and ease. Time-honored teachings will help you develop presence and compassion, supporting you to release the fear, doubt, and resistance that hold you back.
Changing of the Gods
A docu-series inspired by the work of Richard Tarnas
Changing of the Gods is a 10-part documentary series that uses the lens of archetypal astrology to paint a sweeping journey across historical cycles of revolution and world-changing transformations that deliver us into “the fierce urgency of now.
The Series focuses on today’s “world transit” of the planets Uranus and Pluto, which together archetypally reflect “revolutionary transformation.”
Each time these planets have come into axial alignments, a zeitgeist has manifested on Earth in concentrated periods of revolution, upheaval, and social breakthroughs that have changed the course of world history. Sound familiar? The last time it happened was the 1960s. What is the revolution today? What is the transformation?
Your relationship with money determines your level of financial success. If you have negative associations with money from bad past experiences and limiting beliefs, you’ll never truly feel wealthy and abundant — whether you’re rich, poor, or in between.
But, when you adopt the right attitude towards money, you will naturally and effortlessly attract more of it and live a happier, more peaceful life. Sarah McCrum will help you do that with Love Money, Money Loves You.
For more information and to order your copy, click here.
The Pythagorean Path . . . An Enneagram Tale
By Julia A Twomey
The Pythagorean Path is a young adult fantasy about fifteen year old Jack Abernault who inherits an estate from a relative he met only once. Jack, more of a worrier than a warrior, suspects there is a catch. And, it turns out, he is correct as the estate lies at the center of an intergalactic battle to save earth from a rogue scientist. On his first visit to the estate, the hero meets two strange little boys who lure him into a glass treehouse that jettisons to the Planet Sophia. There, he meets a mysterious Council who task him with going on a quest, and with teaching the wisdom in the Anamchara Text. Although Jack travels beyond the galaxy, his greatest journey will require him to go deep within himself. Moving beyond his paralyzing fear, and with the help of his two friends, he encounters laser capable satellites, 3D printers, and nanobot attacks.
In the end, Jack follows the instructions to do the next right thing, and to trust the process.
Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World
By Phil Bolsta of The Shift Network
Through God’s Eyes is a roadmap for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the only book that shows you how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to bring joy and vitality to your daily life.
Through God’s Eyes is a superb book, a truly enlightened piece of work that is an essential read for all people who are truly devoted to the care and refinement of their soul. Phil is a contemporary mystic, a man whose life is a living commitment to spiritual service. I am honored to know him.
— Caroline Myss, author of Intimate Conversations with the Divine, Anatomy of the Spirit, and Defy Gravity
One of the most important books I’ve ever read. An incredible compilation of spiritual wisdom and insight. It’s the owner’s manual God should give you when you’re born.
– Robert Peterson, author of Answers Within
For several years, The Shift Network has hosted Indigenous leaders from around the world and invited them to share their sacred knowledge, rituals, and practices to guide us in a way of living that is sustainable, healthy, and just. We’re thus delighted that the Global Indigenous Wisdom Library makes this “virtual council” of leaders and their wisdom available for everyone, everywhere for free.
The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a collection of audio and video interviews featuring Indigenous leaders from around the world sharing prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings, and pathways to healing, as well as concrete examples for birthing a new era — one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion, and justice. This sacred wisdom is important medicine for us all.
The production of The Global Indigenous Wisdom Library is a gift from The Shift Network, designed to inspire, inform, and involve you by highlighting the voices and important messages of Indigenous leaders from around the world. We want to give a heartfelt thanks to Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. (“Brother Phil”) for his partnership in helping create this Indigenous Wisdom collection. And we thank all the speakers who have contributed to this body of knowledge. To discover more, click here.
World Peace Library. Designed for the layperson and professional peacebuilder alike, the World Peace Library has over 425 audio and video interviews with some of the most remarkable, inspiring peacebuilders in the world available to you at NO COST. You’ll find hundreds of hours of inspirational, peacebuilding, compassion-spreading talks and trainings at your fingertips with this FREE global resource. There’s no way you can’t come away from the World Peace Library deeply inspired, transformed — and part of the solution. Click here to find out how to take peace to the next level — and help co-create a global culture of peace that leaves a legacy of good for our children, our children’s children and all of humanity and life on earth.
Here’s a special YouTube video we found for all you philosophical Star Wars fans out there…
Everyday Mediumship — A free video event with mystic, medium, and author Suzanne Giesemann. Discover tangible practices and activities that help you acknowledge the presence of the spirit world throughout your day — and embrace your role as a soul who’s already connected to those beyond the veil… as part of a much larger whole. Tuesday, March 1, at 5:30pm Pacific
Sacred Revelations of the Christ Path for a Life of Divine Love & Passionate Service — A free video event with Andrew Harvey, founder of the Institute of Sacred Activism. Experience the transcendent Prayer of Saint Francis and be delivered to a place of peace and serenity as you surrender your false self and live your life as one long prayer. Thursday, March 3, at 5:30pm Pacific
Discover Music as Medicine — A free video event with acoustics scientist John Stuart Reid, inventor of the CymaScope. Learn how to use music as medicine and how musical instruments and the sounds from gongs, Tibetan bowls, and crystal bowls can be used to promote full-body healing. Saturday, March 5, at 10:00am Pacific
4 Factors People 100 Years & Older Share for Longevity & Radiant Living — A free video event with Dr. Mario Martinez, the founder of Biocognitive Science Institute and author of The MindBody Code. Explore the four fundamental factors found in the consciousness of centenarians (people 100 years or older) and experience a guided process to embody a new perception about aging that can increase your longevity. Tuesday, March 8, at 5:30pm Pacific
Breathe & Live Abundantly — A free video event with Dr. Judith Kravitz, the creator of Transformational Breath®. Discover the connection between how you breathe and your quality of life and ability to manifest… and learn about tools you can use to break through self-imposed limitations, catalyze intention, restore inner balance, and open to infinite possibilities for your life. Thursday, March 10, at 5:30pm Pacific
Hanuman, Maharaj-ji & You — With worldwide icon and bestselling Western chant master Krishna Das. Experience his weekly guided devotional chanting, intimate reflections, and insights into the saints and great beings — so you can bring them into your daily life… to ground and transform as you navigate this complex historical moment. New 5-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, March 2
Awakening to the Spiritual Purpose of the Life You Planned Before Birth — With author and certified hypnotist Rob Schwartz and Liesel Fricke, channel for the Beings of Light. Use soul regression, a hypnosis-induced inner journey, and deep meditations to explore your pre-birth plan and self-empowering ways to guide your life — to connect, communicate, and commune with your soul, angels, guides, loving light beings, and the love that you are. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, March 3
Engage the Infinite Intelligence of Your Chakras for Joyful Living, Health & Wholeness — With author Russill Paul, the pioneer of The Yoga of Sound and founder of Yogic Mystery School. Cultivate enduring self-healing using ancient bijas (seed syllables), mudras (sacred gestures), and other Vedic and Tantric practices that bring balance to your energy field by awakening your spirit, calming your mind, harmonizing your body systems… and harnessing the power of your chakras to initiate wholeness. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, March 9
Past-Life & Genealogical Regression to Heal Your Ancestors & Yourself — With world-renowned past-life regressionist Shelley Kaehr, PhD. Harness the power of your subconscious mind with guided inner journeys to heal ancestral trauma and transform old pain into new peace — for deep relief, greater happiness, and higher love. New 7-Week Live Video Training Starts Wednesday, March 9
Alchemize Your Sexual & Spiritual Energy for Luminous Health & Living With Qigong Grandmaster Mantak Chia — With Mantak Chia, Grandmaster of inner alchemy and Qigong. Explore a revelatory approach to wellbeing for women and men that slows the aging process and promotes longevity by cultivating, alchemizing, and dispersing the healing intelligence of primordial Jing (sexual) Qi and Shen (spiritual) Qi for heightened health, vibrancy, and consciousness. New 9-Week Live Video Training Starts Thursday, March 10
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